After 12 months since the project was announced, the Maldives-Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) - a system composed of a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) subsystem along with an 840-kilometer fibre optic cable – is finally ready for service. This is a record time amidst the challenges of the pandemic.
Connectivity will be provided between Hulhumale’ City in the Maldives and Mount Lavania in Sri Lanka. The MSC is equipped with Huawei Marine Networks' high-output titanium housing repeaters which is deployed to a water depth of 3,700m to provide a reliable regional telecommunications network.
This project that is valued at USD 22 million was deployed under a tripartite agreement between local telecommunication giants; Dhiraagu & Ooredoo Maldives and Dialog AXIATA, for the purpose of transporting international traffic and to further enhance the telecommunication infrastructure of the region.
Consequent to the ongoing pandemic communities and businesses are digitalizing their services to create a safer environment to continue our everyday lives – effectively increasing the need and demand for the best quality internet services. Interconnected to domestic networks, the enhanced capacity would significantly solidify the digital ecosystem within the country and support the growing digital transformation needs.
Additionally, the project will also support and increase the network readiness to cater 5G services across the nation that will effectively connect the people of the Maldives to groundbreaking new technologies and pave the way for innovation and ultimately building the foundation for socio-economic development.